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 Acupuncture & Trigger Points

What are Trigger Points?
Trigger points are not the same as acupuncture points. Trigger points may refer pain both in the local area and/or to other areas of the body, and the most common patterns have been well documented and diagramed. These are called referral patterns. Approximately half of the time, trigger points are not located in the same place where you feel symptoms.  (For more information on the physiology of trigger points, go to Headache Book:  What Are Trigger Points?.)

Trigger Points can be treated with a variety of techniques.  Trigger Point therapy is a protocol for determining the location of trigger points based on your pain referral patterns and other symptoms, and detecting and treating perpetuating factors, and does not refer to a specific technique.

Acupuncture and Referred Pain
There is no concept of referred pain in acupuncture.  So if a patient has temple pain, there is nothing in Eastern medicine that indicates you should check muscles remote to the area of pain such as the posterior neck, trapezius, and sternocleidomastoid muscles.  If your acupuncturist was not trained in trigger point referral patterns, they would likely check the local area for pain, and in the case of temple pain, by coincidence possibly needle temporalis trigger points because it is in the area of pain.  Even though there is a high degree of correlation between the location of acupuncture points and common trigger points, there is no correlation as to how points are selected.

Acupuncture is very effective for relieving pain from trigger points, if the practitioner understands referral patterns.


Solving the Problem
Trigger Point diagnosis and treatment is methodical and analytical, kind of like detective work -- we use the information you have given us to decide which muscles to search for active trigger points, which are the ones that are causing symptoms even when they are not being pressed.   "Latent" trigger points can also cause symptoms and referral, but only when pressed.
  We also aid you in identifying and eliminating the factors that are causing your trigger points, which is the most important factor in gaining long-term relief. 

Please see for more information about trigger points.


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